Verticillium Wilt

Verticillium spp.

Verticillium Wilt

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Verticillium Wilt is a wilt disease that affects a massive range of woody and herbaceous plants causing them to wilt and lose leaves and potentially die.

Identification

Much like other wilt diseases, it hard to distinguish which disease it is. Verticillium Wilt stands out through the speed at which the plant wilts. In hot weather, the disease will cause the plant to wilt very suddenly and quickly. Another telling sign is dark marks in the wood of the plant. Usually, the marks are in the outermost growth ring of the plant.

Growth factors

Prefers Moist soil and warm climates.

Symptoms

Wilting of stems and leaves.
Visible black-brown rings when woody plants are cut.
Stunting
Chlorosis
Death

Biological treatment

There are no biological treatments for this disease.

Chemical treatment

Soil fumigation with a chemical fungicide has been known to have an effect on the fungus.

Prevention

Planting resistant cultivars.

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